Tarot Talk: Skeptics, Intuition, and All of That Good Stuff

I’ve been putting this topic off for awhile, partially because I wasn’t so sure where to even begin. And mostly because, whenever someone tells me that they’re a “skeptic” regarding psychics, tarot, or general occult crafts, I am always tempted to ask, “Skeptic of what?”

I think there’s a large misconception about what psychics actually do, what tarot actually is, and what all of this hubbub is for at the end of the day. Very often, when someone informs me they are a skeptic, it’s because they’re imagining that I’m here to predict minute details about their future pulled from thin air, that some cards with some coins and cups on them can tell me about their long-deceased great-great-great grandmother’s ex’s cat’s favorite color, that I’m claiming to possess a divine knowledge and mystic power beyond realms they can possibly see.

I’ve used this analogy often. To my mind, a “psychic ability” is like any other skill or talent, like, for example, athleticism. Some are born with incredibly strong athletic talents, some are born with not so much, some practice and catch up to the speed of a professional athlete. Some become Olympic athletes. Some run recreationally. Some of us walk around the house a little and that’s the most we get out of our athletic capability. It’s not really something I personally think about a lot, save for the occasional jog or recreational hike.

Let’s extend the analogy. Someone who is attempting to hone their athletic ability would practice frequently, but they might also choose to add “tools” when they do this, like, for example, a pair of running shoes, or an elliptical machine, or some dumbbells. Not every person will use the same stuff, and not every person will do the same sport. This is pretty much exactly how I view tarot, or runes, or scrying, or literally any other form of divination.

Intuition is something we all have, even if we start at different places, and even if we practice in different ways, if at all. It’s more of a hidden art, and we don’t talk about it so much in the ways we would with other skills. But I seriously doubt you can’t say that you’ve never randomly known what someone was going to say before they spoke, or never just known that the bus might be late for no reason, or never gotten a bad vibe from someone you just met. That’s just intuition. Like anything else, developing a strong intuition takes practice — conscious practice. While the research is new, the science of intuition is indeed beginning to take form, too.

So, when someone tells me they’re a skeptic of what I do, to me the conversation is akin to if an athlete told me they were an athlete, and my response was, “Oh, I’m a little bit skeptical of that stuff.” … Skeptical of what, right?

I won’t sit here and pretend that I can’t understand the need for healthy skepticism, though, and it’s not as if we can all agree that every single person who claims to be a professional psychic is legitimate. Scams are out there (in any and all professions), so, please, do continue to do your research and come to your own conclusions about someone’s qualifications. (Or you can also use your intuition too, but hey, that’s just me).